The Vizzini Cabal: Syria according to Cruz and Rubio


This classic clip from The Princess Bride is surely familiar to everyone: punch line here is the classic, "You made one of the classic blunders... never get involved in a land war in Asia" - but the entire scene has relevance to the utter gibberish of Republican foreign policy. Vizzini's character passes himself off as an intellectual ("You've heard of Aristotle? Plato? Socrates? Morons.") but ultimately has no real principles, relying … [Read more...]

Muslim Americans should be single-issue voters

Photo: © Ridwan Adhami

This is a guest post by Aamer Jamali.Four years ago, I wrote a piece in support of Barack Obama for re-election. In it, I cited multiple areas in which I felt his approach was superior to Mr Romney's. I have spent a lot of time ruminating on the feedback I received from that post, and have come to realize that most of it does not matter. I am a single issue voter and proud of it, and that issue is my right to exist as an equal citizen in this nation as a Muslim.The term "single issue … [Read more...]

Sustenance for the Soul: The Global Food Initiative of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin

The spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, will conduct Ashara Mubaraka in the United States for the first time. This is a guest post by Durriya Badani, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community.Of the many international projects which Syedna Saifuddin has undertaken, it has been the global initiative of Faiz al-Mawaid al-Burhaniyah, also known as thaali, which has touched me most deeply on a personal level. As a mother with petite Indian daughters, none of … [Read more...]

there debate about moonsighting – and the validity (and ubiquity) of calculations


Every year the debate about moonsighting begins anew as Ramadan approaches. I'd like to highlight a point and counterpoint between myself and Irfan Rydhan that I think covered the debate very thoroughly for everyone's reference.First, an excerpt from Irfan's entry, which argues that all muslims should adopt moonsighting to establish Ramadan:In our modern world with digital clocks, calendars, daylight savings time, etc. we forget that these are all man-made systems to help us organize our … [Read more...]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an Islamophobe who hates all muslims

Ayaan Hirsi Ali says Islam must be defeated - not just radical Islam, all of Islam

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a brave woman and I respect her intellectual decision to leave religion (not just Islam - she's an atheist) even though I disagree with it. But she has allowed the tragic events of her youth to poison her view of her fellow human beings. Her criticism of Islam is to deny that the majority of Muslims are normal people and its only a fringe group of radicals who are responsible for violence - she has actually stated baldly that Islam is the "new fascism" and:"Violence is … [Read more...]

Dawoodi Bohra women speak about home science

In my last post I defended my community, the Dawoodi Bohras, from accusations of Mr. Qutbuddin's faction about the role of women and traditional values. The great flaw in my arguments of course is that I am a male. So here are many female voices from my community to speak for themselves instead.For example, Rashida Mustafa writes at her blog, Child on Hip and Hand on Computer:To be shouted down in the kind of storm levelled at us by the followers of Qutbuddin is judgemental and an … [Read more...]

No schism, just sadness: A Dawoodi Bohra responds

Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (tus), the 53rd Dai ul-Mutlaq of the Dawoodi Bohra community

IntroductionShireen Hamza has written an oped here at Patheos alleging that there is a schism in my community, the Dawoodi Bohras. Shireen is in fact my first cousin, a passionate intellect, and I do not doubt the sincerity of her belief. No one can or should deny that she has a right to believe whatever she wants.What Shireen does not have the right to do, however, is to make false claims about the beliefs of those who disagree with her, or to claim victimhood and persecution where … [Read more...]

the silence libel: do muslims condemn?

Islam against terrorism

Fellow Patheos blogger Dan Peterson has a moving and well-intentioned post in which he exhorts the Muslim American community to speak more loudly and denounce terrorism: But you have to speak up more loudly. Others — I promise you this, from innumerable conversations and questions after lectures, over years — are not hearing your denunciations of the extremists. They aren’t aware of your efforts to distance yourselves from these terrible acts of bloodshed and oppression. Your message isn’t getti … [Read more...]

The #WhiteHouseIftar controversy

Ramadan Kareem everyone -This blog is still under hiatus until the next election cycle, but I did want to draw people's attention to a post I wrote at City of Brass about the controversy over the Iftar to be hosted by President Obama tomorrow night. An excerpt:this year these Iftars have come under fire by certain political activists in the Muslim American community. Their basic argument is that Muslims who accept the Iftar invitation by the President or the Administration are “house m … [Read more...]

a few words about third parties #MuslimVOTE

Many Muslim Americans, disgusted with Obama's policies on drones and repelled by Republican islamophobia, will be voting for a third party this election, namely Jill Stein of the Greens or Gary Johnson of the Libertarians. The appeal of voting third-party is undeniable: rather than choosing between the lesser of two evils, you are voting your conscience. This absolves you of the moral guilt of supporting a candidate, be it Obama or Romney, who enacts policies you will disagree with. And, if any … [Read more...]